I’m Helen McGinn, author of The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, an award winning wine blog and best-selling wine book. I’m an ex-supermarket wine buyer and spent almost a decade sourcing wines around the world.
You know that thing I mentioned last week but couldn’t tell you about? I’ve been asked to be one of the judges for the 2019 Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards. I won the Online Drinks Writer Award in their inaugural year back in 2013 and, ohmigod, the party was one of the most celebrity-strewn events I’ve ever been to in my life. Also one of the funniest thanks to my then editor (don’t worry, no names Liz) getting out an empty lunchbox and filling it with free F&M macarons as we left. But seriously, it’s a complete joy to be involved once again. I’ll keep you posted.
Now, some of you have been asking for festive wine advice so I’ve done a couple of sparklings this week. Next week, we’ll do whites, reds and sweeties for the main event. If there’s anything in particular you’re looking for, let me know.
I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that I’m not doing Sober October because a) life’s too short and b) life’s too short. But I saw a friend of mine who is doing it recently and man, their skin looked good. Given that I want to have my cake/glass and eat/drink it, I realised I had to up my skincare game. Then, suitably spookily, the skincare brand Balance Me got in touch asking if I’d like to try some of their products. Of course I said yes (whilst topping up my glass of red) and have been applying their Vitamin C Repair Serum, Wonder Eye Cream and Collagen Boost Moisturiser religiously ever since. Not to mention their Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm, far more effective than the one I’d been using at twice the price. Anyway, I was so impressed I asked if they might donate some to give away here and they agreed. £150 worth tailored to your individual skin needs! I know!
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here on the blog or on the KMWC Facebook page and I’ll pick one at random. Usual T&Cs apply (UK residents only, must be over 18, competition closes on 2nd November at 11.59pm, winner will be notified by email).
Much as I’ve loved drinking rosé in the sun, yelling ‘suncream!’ at the children every now and again, it’s really good to be back. With a jumper on. And I’ve got news.
First up, my new book Homemade Cocktails is out TODAY! Written to help reboot at-home cocktail repertoires, it’s full of recipes for homemade infusions, syrups and shrubs along with a selection of the best classic cocktails and plenty of new ones. And to celebrate, I’ve got 10 copies up for grabs. To enter, leave a comment on the blog with the name of your favourite cocktail (I’m nosy like that) and your name will go into the cocktail shaker (see what I did there?) before being picked at random.* Here’s what it looks like (and you can order it here).
Then there’s the Knackered tee. I’ve wanted to do one for years and Rae, founder of FWP by Rae, made it happen. She designs gorgeous tees and sweatshirts (I own a fair few) and came up with this one. 10% of profits will go to Gingerbread, the national charity for single parents. Stock is limited so get in quick if you want one (click here to order). Here it is…
Back next week with wines. In the meantime, here’s to cocktails & dreams x
*usual T&Cs apply (UK residents only, must be over 18, competition closes on 13th Sept at 11.59pm, winners will be notified by email).